Plays by Young Writers

Sponsored by the Sheila and Jeffrey Lipinsky Family Fund

Our 33rd season of winning plays from the
2017 California Young Playwrights Contest

January 18 - 27, 2018
The Sheryl and Harvey White Theatre
in the Conrad Prebys Theatre Center at The Old Globe

Plays by Young Writers is produced by Playwrights Project in association with The Old Globe.
Winners of the California Young Playwrights Contest were announced on Saturday, September 30th at Lights Up! Playwrights Take the Stage.

Buy Tickets Now for:
Opening Night: January 20 at 7:30PM
Program A: Jan. 27 at 7:30PM
Program B: Jan. 26 at 7:30PM | Jan. 27 at 2:00PM

Program A

Recommended for Ages 11+
Directed by Ruff Yeager


Sina and the Eel

By Kiegan Lee
Age 17, Aptos
Selfish gods ensnare teens in this retelling of a Samoan origin story.


By Tan'yeasia Brewster
Age 17, Moreno Valley
A surprising discovery allows three preteens to contemplate the unknown.


Alone by the Playground

By Aisling Archdeacon
Age 11, Carlsbad
Rock helps Paper and Scissors return home to the classroom.


Program B

Recommended for Ages 14+
Directed by George Yé


Fire Hazard

By Cassandra Hsiao
Age 17, Walnut
A rebel teaches a star student that the truth cannot be incinerated.

Idiot, I'm Great

By Savannah Spatafora
Age 16, Burbank
She like-likes him; he just wants space. Can they be un-lonely together?


A Life or Death Situation

By Sofia Miller
Age 14, San Diego
Life and Death find themselves united by humanity.



Festival Schedule

Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday Sunday
Jan. 18
Program A
Jan. 19
Program B
Jan. 20
Opening Night*
Jan. 21
Jan. 22
Jan. 23
Program A
Jan. 24
Program A
Jan. 25
Program B
Jan. 26
Program A
Program B
Jan. 27
Program B

Program A
Jan. 28

*Opening Night features the four Full Productions and includes a post-performance reception. Proceeds help support Playwrights Project.

If you have a gift certificate please call to redeem. Gift certificates are not available for use online.

Weekday matinees (10am) are primarily booked with school groups, with limited availability for the general public.
Please call (858) 384-2970 to check availability.

Please note that online ticket sales end twelve hours prior to the performance.
After this time, remaining tickets will be available for purchase at the theatre.

Ticket Prices

To buy tickets, select a date in the calendar above, or call (858) 384-2970.

Individual Tickets $25.00
Student $20.00
Senior (65+) $20.00
Military $20.00
School Groups of 10 or More $10.00
Other Groups of 10 or More $15.00
Opening Night* $60.00

Please call (858) 384-2970 for group bookings.


Ruff Yeager Festival Artistic Director
Ruff Yeager Director - Progam A
George Yé Director - Program B

Ruff Yeager

Dramaturg - Sina and the Eel

Tina Brown

Dramaturg - Some-Body
Aleta Barthell Dramaturg - Alone by the Playground
George Yé Dramaturg - Fire Hazard

Rachael VanWormer

Dramaturg - Idiot, I'm Great
Thelma deCastro Dramaturg - A Life or Death Situation
Charmaine Reed Production Stage Manager
Stephanie Whited Assistant Stage Manager
Jordyn Smiley Costume Design
Nate Parde Lighting Design
Mike Buckley Properties & Scenic Design
Justin Livengood Sound Design
Andrew Young Technical Director

Press Coverage

Contest-winning dramatists announced for Plays by Young Writers fest in The San Diego Union Tribune

Congratualtions, Aisling! in St. Patrick's Catholic School's Newsletter

Burroughs High senior named winner of California Young Playwrights Contest in The Burbank Leader

Writers Ages 11-18 See their Plays Come to Life in From Another Zero

Moreno Valley teen’s first play bound for San Diego’s Old Globe Theatre in The Press-Enterprise Moreno Valley

Girls rule at 33rd Playwrights Project festival in The La Jolla Light

Press Materials

View the Plays by Young Writers Press Release


Playwrights Project gratefully acknowledges major support for this program from:

Sheila and Jeffrey Lipinsky Family Fund

City of San Diego Commission for Arts & Culture
Mandell Weiss Charitable Trust

San Diego County Community Enhancement Program

District 4 (Ron Roberts) & District 3 (Dave Roberts)
Kinder Morgan Foundation

Torrey Pines Bank

Additional support provided by:
Balboa Park Kiwanis Foundation
Community Service Association of San Diego Unified School District
Kiwanis Club of La Jolla
Kiwanis Club of Old San Diego

Script Readers & Final Judges
We also thank the many theatre professionals and judges who helped critique the plays in this year's contest.

Rachael Van Wormer
Playwrights Project Contest Coordinator

Deborah Salzer
Playwrights Project Founder

Delicia Turner Sonnenberg
Founding Artistic Director, MOXIE Theater

Danielle Mages Amato
Literary Manager at The Old Globe Theatre

Jacole Kitchen
Artistic Programs Manager at La Jolla Playhouse

Stephen Metcalfe
Celebrated playwright, film director and screenwriter

Ruff Yeager
Assistant Professor, Southwestern College
& Playwrights Project Festival Artistic Director